(via Jpost). Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosor told the UN Security Council Monday that direct negotiations and hard work will be essential to creating harmony in the Middle East. In a frank address, Prosor noted that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is but one element of the political dynamic operating in the Middle East.
"Overall, for generations, the Arab world has failed miserably to address the needs of its own people.”
“Young people struggle without access to jobs and education. Women are denied basic rights. Free expression is repressed. Minorities are persecuted. Elections are a sham, And with their world in flames, Arab leaders continue to blame Israel and the West for all their problems. For years, it’s the only explanation that they have been able to offer to their own people.”
Prosor cited the Arab Spring as an indication that the Arab people want “real answers” to their problems rather than simple scapegoating.
Prosor referenced the return of IDF soldier Gilad Schalit, and said that even the Arab world noticed the way Israel treated its citizens in comparison to the way the Arab world treats theirs.
“On Twitter, one Syrian blogger, Soori Madsoos, wrote “Their government is prepared to pay the ultimate price for one citizen, while our government kills us like we are animals and our Arab neighbors say that it's an internal matter,” Prosor said.